Audrey Mass is an educator, mother, and wife. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Champaign, she became the Assistant Superintendent of the Morton Grove Park school district. After that, she worked at the Jewish Community Center as the head of programming for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. She stopped her professional career when she started a family with her late husband. She has five children, one of whom also went into education, working at Misericordia for the last 21 years.
Audrey has done a great deal of volunteer work throughout her life. As a member of the Reyes Syndrome Foundation, she used to regularly attend school PTA meetings and hospitals to educate families on the early warning signs of Reyes Syndrome. She also led Reyes Syndrome support groups at her youngest son’s school and has been an active member of several epilepsy groups.
Audrey decided to volunteer with NMTAC after her and her husband’s experience with organ transplantation at Northwestern Medicine. Audrey and her husband began investigating transplant at Northwestern Medicine after her husband started dialysis. They attended an informational meeting at the hospital where Audrey asked if she could be a donor for her husband even though she was 70 years old at the time. She found out that because she was in good health, she could potentially be a donor, and she began the testing process right away. Audrey eventually successfully donated a kidney to her husband, and both were very happy with the outcome.
“I hope I can be supportive to pre-op and post-op patients and their families,” Audrey says. “I want to let people know that you can be older and not a blood relative and still be a donor if you’re in good health.” Audrey hopes that by supporting the fundraising efforts of NMTAC, she can give patients and their families much needed support.